Zinester Profile: Kate Wadkins

Today it gives me (Kate) great pleasure to introduce my dear friend, collaborator, and rah! rah! replica – Kate Wadkins! One of my fondest Brooklyn memories is sitting outside of a Williamsburg laundromat in the rain with Kate listening to (and intermittently singing along with) “The CD Version of the First Two Records.” Kate, along with Stacy Konkiel, is one of the co-editors of International Girl Gang Underground.

Here’s a description of the IGGU project in Kate’s words:

THE INTERNATIONAL GIRL GANG UNDERGROUND compilation zine is a collection of stories, artwork, and critical work about DIY feminist cultural production and punk rock today, twenty years after the riot grrrl movement, and in the wake of its legacy.

Cover of "International Girl Gang Underground"
Cover of "International Girl Gang Underground"

The print zine features contributions from Osa Atoe (Shotgun Seamstress), Hadass Ben-Ari (Fallopian Falafel –אשת חיל), Carla Duarte (Histérica), Billy Cheer (This is Fag City), Katie Crutchfield (P.S. EliotBad Banana), Lo (HEARTSREVOLUTION), Mimi Thi Nguyen (Evolution of a Race RiotPunk Planet), and thirteen other writers, activists, musicians, and artists from ten US states and five countries; with original cover art by Philadelphia-based artist Sonrisa Rodriguez-Harrison.

Online, International Girl Gang Underground has published exclusive articles not available in the print zine. In the interest of relevance, information-sharing, and community-building, IGGU online has created a directory of feminist cultural projects; all are welcome to submit new or recent additions to the directory. Further, the editors encourage submissions of music reviews and original content related to the zine’s mission  to be released on the IGGU website periodically.

Table of contents (photo by Kate Achille)
Table of contents (photo by Kate Achille)

Here’s some more info about Kate – or KW, as she is often called 🙂

Kate Wadkins is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer who recently graduated Sarah Lawrence College with an MA in Women’s and Gender History. She is the co-editor of International Girl Gang Underground, a compilation zine about feminist cultural production twenty years after the riot grrrl movement and in the wake of its legacy. In 2009, she co-founded RE/VISIONIST with four other Sarah Lawrence students. Kate is a contributing writer for Hyperallergic (the New York art blogazine), and has written for Maximum Rocknroll, Sadie Magazine, and Hoax zine, among others. She was the gallery manager of Storefront in Bushwick for its two-year lifespan, and has proudly interned for the band Le Tigre. Of late, she curates Brain Waves, a zine and print collection, and assists for The Punk Singer, a documentary about feminist artist Kathleen Hanna. Kate is a founding member of For the Birds Collective as well as a classic virgo, coffee enthusiast, bass player, and rabble rouser.


Author: Kate Angell

I'm a college reference librarian by day and a zine librarian by (Thursday) night. I created this blog mainly to share links that can possibly be useful to people interested in issues pertaining to librarianship, gender studies, New York City, zines, and a whole bunch of other topics! Also, in case you were curious, my blog's name was inspired by Gertrude Stein's book "Everybody's Autobiography."

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